Author: Flo Bannigan

Melanie Crew – ‘Midnight Sounds’ (EP review)

Melanie Crew – ‘Midnight Sounds’ (EP review)

As the tinsel and trees start to emerge ahead of the holiday season, it’s refreshing to find something simple and authentic. Meet Melanie Crew. Pure voice, simple acoustic accompaniment, and slice-of-life lyrics. Recorded and produced at her home in London, her music is a testament to musical integrity. Melanie Crew released her third EP, Midnight Sounds, just a few weeks […]

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Lahayna – ‘Lahayna’ (album review)

Lahayna – ‘Lahayna’ (album review)

It’s rare to find a band that hits its stride immediately, which is what Lahayna accomplished with their debut single, “In the City”, back in 2007, achieving UK music history by reaching #33 in the Official UK Singles Chart, despite being unsigned and with no radio airplay or industry support. The band’s bassist, Chris Church, explains: “We built a dedicated […]

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Aural Air – ‘The Torpor of Minds’ (EP review)

Aural Air – ‘The Torpor of Minds’ (EP review)

Aural Air, a.k.a. Dublin-based singer-songwriter Laura Rai, is a recent arrival on the indie scene. Although she’s been playing music for several years, Laura has only recently started releasing it to the world and spent the past year playing a number of live shows while releasing a couple of well-received singles. Her debut EP, The Torpor of Minds, drops in […]

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Allen and Douglas – ‘Casino Games’ (album review)

Allen and Douglas – ‘Casino Games’ (album review)

Longevity is a rare commodity in the music industry. Bands come and go, artists pop up and disappear again with alarming frequency, so it’s a delight to find musicians who have been working together for most of their lives. For duo Allen and Douglas, their collaboration goes back to their teens, when “strumming, singing and writing away in old railway […]

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Helen Connelly – ‘Garden of Kisses’ (EP review)

Helen Connelly – ‘Garden of Kisses’ (EP review)

The highly anticipated sophomore offering from Helen Connelly arrives next week – 25th October to be exact. Garden of Kisses, the follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Life Love and Lyricality, is a four-track EP heralded by the signature single, “Do You Remember”, that we previewed here back in June. It marks a maturing in Connelly’s style, melding together a selection of collaborations […]

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Snippet – ‘Human Good’ (album review)

Snippet – ‘Human Good’ (album review)

There has been some heavy lifting happening in the music-making department of Snippet HQ. It’s been just six months since Johnno Casson, aka Snippet, released his magnum opus, Future Melancholy Pop Music, yet here he is again with another album, Human Good. And what’s not to like about that? To get one release in a year from an independent artist of Johnno’s […]

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P.O.P.E. – ‘Kings’ (EP review)

P.O.P.E. – ‘Kings’ (EP review)

Spoken word music is a tough genre to get right. Mastering rhythm over melody is a complex art. Giving meaning to the words adds a whole other dimension, requiring authenticity, honesty, and courage. Yorkshire-based P.O.P.E. took on this challenge just three years ago. It was borne out of difficult times when he found himself broke with nothing but books and […]

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Anna Pancaldi – ‘Sweet Charity’ (EP review)

Anna Pancaldi – ‘Sweet Charity’ (EP review)

When UK indie music national treasure Johnno Casson describes an artist as “very nice and very talented, too”, there’s every chance s/he is worth a listen. It’s not the first time Anna Pancaldi has received acclaim from those in the know. BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary described Anna’s music as “(r)eally polished…She doesn’t need our help, we need her”, and […]

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Staying In – ‘Staying In’ (EP review)

Staying In – ‘Staying In’ (EP review)

Here comes Generation Z. All smartphones and self-obsession, exercising their social consciences from the safety of their bedrooms. Or so the media would have us believe. We’re only a step or two away from welcoming this new cohort into the music industry. What will they have to offer? What will they have to say? Step forward Joe Reeves. At 19 […]

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Midnight Sister bring the carnival to ‘Saturn Over Sunset’ (album review)

Midnight Sister bring the carnival to ‘Saturn Over Sunset’ (album review)

When two creative souls collide, the result may be conflict or spectacle. Midnight Sister‘s Juliana Giraffe and Ari Balouzian seem to have avoided the former and landed, slap bang, in the theatrical middle ground of the latter. Drawing their inspiration from the mythology and landscapes of their homelands in the San Fernando Valley, they deliver character, circus, and carnival in […]

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L.A. Witch get wicked on their self-titled debut album (album review)

L.A. Witch get wicked on their self-titled debut album (album review)

Is it some sort of magic to conjure a brand new song out of the air? To cast a spell over an audience that keeps them mesmerized from opening chords to the final, clamouring crescendo? Despite the name, L.A. Witch claim not to partake in any sort of witchcraft, though they do admit to their Los Angeles heritage. Yet their […]

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Blake Berglund – ‘Realms’ (album premiere)

Making music is tough. Selling music is even tougher, so when you hear of an artist who pounded the streets to sell his CDs door-to-door, you know you’ve found someone with a passion to share their sounds. Blake Berglund is just such an artist, using the opportunity to talk with people about music while bringing in money to move his […]

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Sophie Coran – “All That Matters” (single premiere)

Sophie Coran – “All That Matters” (single premiere)

With her smoky-soulful voice and hypnotic, jazz-infused arrangements, Sophie Coran‘s “All That Matters” is a song of obsession…with a twist. The twist? It’s not about love nor any of the usual subjects that haunt good music. No, it actually tells a story of the seductive world of the restaurant industry, describing how easy it is to get lost there while […]

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Music Makers Festival, London 5 & 6 August 2017 – Preview

Music Makers Festival, London 5 & 6 August 2017 – Preview

With all the hype and mystery that surrounds the music industry, sometimes it’s good to get back to basics. At its heart, music is a creative expression that’s best when shared between friends. When a group of friends who make music come together to share their work with an audience and each other, there’s a recipe for something life-affirming to […]

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Roxanne De Bastion – “The Painter” (single premiere)

Roxanne De Bastion – “The Painter” (single premiere)

Occasionally an artist shows up who is absolutely, definitely, poised for something special. Roxanne De Bastion fills that category perfectly. Oozing potential through the sweeping soundscapes of her music and the totally relatability of her lyrics, De Bastion is already coming to the attention of the great and the good of the music industry. She can be confident that her […]

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Somasu – ‘From The Water’ (EP review)

Somasu – ‘From The Water’ (EP review)

London-based singer/songwriter and rapper Somasu breaks through stereotypical electro, offering undercurrents of soul that provide depth and maturity. Although his work could hit the dancefloor hard, it is also infinitely listenable, proving that – in the right hands – the genre is a solid vessel for melodic communication. His second album – a five-track EP, From The Water – glimpses […]

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Robb Murphy – “Italian Dreams” (single and video premiere)

Robb Murphy – “Italian Dreams” (single and video premiere)

Place a Belfast-born folk-singer-songwriter into Italy for the summer and what do you get? The answer is an uplifting, pop melody that transports us into ‘Dolce far niente’ – the sweetness of doing nothing. “Italian Dreams” is that song, from the pen and studio of Robb Murphy, and we’re delighted to premiere it, along with a beautifully quirky animated lyric […]

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Helen Connelly – “Do You Remember” (single premiere)

Helen Connelly – “Do You Remember” (single premiere)

Finding an artist with a distinctive voice is always a pleasure. Since we first discovered Essex-based Helen Connelly, back in 2015, we’ve been fans of her jazz-pop vibe. We followed her progress with the release of her single “Behind Your Eyes” last year, and we’re eagerly anticipating the imminent release of her EP, Garden of Kisses. Our patience has been […]

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MAP – “Skills To Rebuild” (single premiere)

MAP – “Skills To Rebuild” (single premiere)

In times of uncertainty, it’s good to be reminded of what really matters in life. Josh Dooley, the creative force behind Los Angeles-based MAP, is better qualified than most to understand this, having been paralyzed from the neck down by the West Nile Virus in 2014. As he recalls from his recovery: Life is too short to be afraid of […]

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Phenomenal Creature – ‘Vettenvalvoja’ (album premiere)

Phenomenal Creature – ‘Vettenvalvoja’ (album premiere)

Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, Phenomenal Creature claim a modern folk genre, but deliver well beyond its traditional boundaries.There’s a touch of rock, a snippet of classical, a moment of punk and even a sprinkling of electro, delivered through strings of all sizes. Yet the sound they offer on Vettenvalvoja has an almost-live quality, achieved through the old-school expedient of recording […]

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